If you wake up with a crust over your eye or your eye feels persistently irritated, you may have an eye infection. At D Vision Eyecare in Allen, Texas, therapeutic optometrist, Amina Ebrahim, OD, offers on-site diagnostic testing and treatment services to clear an infection and prevent change in your vision. Whether you need antibiotic drops or customized treatment for recurrent eye infections, you can schedule a comprehensive eye exam at D Vision Eyecare by phone today or request an appointment online now.
Eye infections develop when bacteria, viruses, or fungi enter and settle into your eye. An infection can occur on the cornea, or front surface of your eye, or in the membranes on your inner or outer eyelids.
A common type of eye infection is conjunctivitis, or pink eye, a condition commonly spread in daycare and school among young children. You may also be at an increased risk for eye infections if you have seasonal or chronic allergies or chronic dry eye syndrome. If a foreign body, like dust or dirt, scratches your eye, you may also be more likely to develop an infection.
To prevent eye damage and vision loss, it’s important that you schedule a comprehensive eye exam at D Vision Eyecare if you experience any signs of an eye infection. If left untreated, an eye infection can lead to complications like chronic inflammation, eye damage, and the loss of vision.
If you develop an infection in your eye or eyelid, you may experience swelling in your eye and notice eye discharge that crusts over and makes it difficult to open your eye. Other common signs of an eye infection include:
You may also experience blurry vision or increased sensitivity to light.
It’s important that you don’t rub your infected eye to prevent spreading the infection to the other eye or to other people.
Once Dr. Ebrahim identifies the type of infection you have, she creates a treatment plan. For bacterial infections, you may need to use antibiotic eye drops or oral medications.
If the infection is viral, you may need to let the infection run its course and treat the symptoms with over-the-counter drops to reduce irritation. In some cases, antiviral eye drops are necessary for clearing the infection.
In addition to using the medication properly, you should also practice good hygiene, washing your hands frequently, and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. If you wear contacts, you should switch to glasses until the infection goes away completely. To prevent re-infection, be sure to throw out any eye makeup you’ve been using.
If you suspect you have an eye infection, you can schedule a comprehensive eye exam by calling D Vision Eyecare or request an appointment through the online booking system.